Except for writing up a few blog posts, I’ve taken a break from NaNo writing today. I went outside for the first time in forever, capturing some pretty awesome pictures of life, if I do say so myself, and enjoying the perfect spring air. It’s been so long since I’ve been able to roam outside barefoot, the rain of the past week has made the grass soft, clean and the dirt soft, succulent, the perfect amount of soggy and dry. Whew, that was a long sentence, I apologise.
It was a breath of fresh air, literally, after being trapped inside with only my thoughts and my mounting, invisible failures to draw on. It’s not like I go outside that often when it’s not raining, never mind what my Instagram depicts, but there’s something about knowing you can’t go outside. It zaps the life out of your writing, your art, everything. This post is the most constructive I’ve been all week, it’s refreshing.
So the hard-earned wisdom I have for you this week is to take a break.
Go outside for twenty minutes.
Ignore your responsibilities.
Enjoy the soft sun on your skin.
Take in a deep breath of the fresh air that’s chock full of pollutants.
Let your brain rest and refresh. Then try again. I promise, the words will come easier and the sentences may actually be something you’d like to keep.
No matter how many words you’ve written or you plan to write: you have a long road ahead of you. Don’t wear yourself out this week or next week. Take breaks, pace yourself, enjoy the process.
Current Wordcount: 63,918
Goal Wordcount: 80,000
(I’m rewriting and editing this month, don’t be intimidated by the word count. There’s someone in my cabin who has literally written 140k, although I suspect they’re working on multiple projects, they should be feared.)